Shortly before the House of Representatives approved a federal ban on marijuana in 1937, the Republican minority leader, Bertrand Snell of New York, confessed, "I do not know anything about the bill." The Democratic majority leader, Sam Rayburn of Texas, educated him. "It has something to do with something that is called marihuana," Rayburn said. "I believe it is a narcotic of some kind." Seventy-five years, millions of arrests, and billions of dollars later, we are still living with the consequences of that ignorant, ill-considered decision, which nationalized a policy that punishes peaceful people and squanders taxpayer money in a
All drugs were made illegal or heavily controlled because of one reason only...the alcohol lobby. Ironically, alcohol is much worse than most of the other drugs. It certainly causes more deaths, violence, family break-ups and other such problems than marijuana, or even heroin!
What about the revenue stream? Could next mebbe save State of Cowabunga from underwater status? "Zowie! It´s Maui Wowie! We´re saved!" "It´s... like... Acapulco... GOLD... man... We´re... GOLDEN... staters... again... Dude!"
Or not. But at least as Cowabunga drifts off into the Pacific... they´d have a peaceful easy feeling about it.
A 21-year old student just died here in Butte County (Chico State) from alcohol poisoning after drinking 21 shots on his 21st birthday! Do you think 21 joints would have killed him? I dont. Alcohol is POISON!
the proposal to legalize, regulate and tax overlooks one important factor, its a weed! anyone can grow it!
Sure, there will be some "Hi End" brands that will command top dollar but once the illegality is removed the "price support" is also gone, what is $2,000/lb will drop to a fraction and so will any tax revenue
I dont like the stuff. I wont allow it in my house and I dont much care for the people who use it. Another thing I dont like is taxation. If people want to fry their brains and become worthless dead weight on their mother´s couch, thats between them and their mother. Like most human activities (good and bad) its none of the government´s business.
There´s the rub # 10. Pot is a dream crusher. Nothing bad happens, but then again nothing good happens either. No dates, no advancing in school, nothing. You just hang out in your comfy chair and the world slips by.
Prison and a felony record is a far worse dream-crusher than pot. I say keep the war on drugs focused on the hard stuff like meth and heroin. I agree, and I think any cop would agree, that a room full of stoned people is much easier to deal with than a room full of drunk people. We would still have an added problem with DUI though, heavily stoned drivers on the road are just as unsafe as drunk ones. So it is a mixed bag, but still seems unjust to me that if a 19 year old gets drunk on whiskey, no legal recourse happens but if he gets stoned on pot, he could see his whole life ruined due to mandatory minimum sentencing in some states.
#7 you can also make your own legal wine and beer. It hasn´t hurt the beer/wine producers, has it? I home brewed for several years myself. When (not if) it´s legal again, most people will just stop by the 7-11 ln the way home to buy a blunt or two. It´s easier to slip over to the store and buy some weed than to cultivate it and cure it.
Legalize it everywhere and tax the hell out of it. However, every employer should still maintain policies that require random drug/alcohol testing for their employees. Fail once and you´re out the door.
I am still torn about this question. One part of my brain says to legalize it, tax it and earmark the money for drug rehab facilities. Billions of dollars saved and no more gunfights over drug turf. It might even save some Mexican lives although the cartels would still bring in meth and the other hard stuff.
Then again I wouldn´t trust the politicians to keep their hands off the money and not start diverting it for vote-buying schemes.
And what if they keep raising the tax? Make the tax too high and people start growing their own and the homeboys in the hood go back in business and undercut the legal sales with lower prices.
I am not torn about this at all. Pot should be illegal as per the Fed law. It truly is like alcohol a gateway drug. It will not stop the Cartels. It will destroy lives.. Been Shot at by Potheads. The problem does not go away with legalization. It gets worse...
As Americans obsess over NSA spying, abuse by the IRS and other assaults on our freedom, I can´t get my mind off the thousand other ways politicians abuse us. In their arrogance, they assume that only they solve social problems. They will solve them by banning this and that, subsidizing groups they deem worthy and setting up massive bureaucracies with a mandate to cure, treat and rescue wayward souls.(Snip)It´s true that some Americans destroy their lives and their families´ lives by using drugs. Others struggle with addiction. But if illegal drugs are as horrible and addictive as we´ve been told,
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Advocates of treating marijuana more like alcohol gained another ally recently: the United Nations. The U.N. would claim otherwise. In fact, the U.N.’s International Narcotics Control Board would hotly deny it. The agency’s latest report laments the legalization of pot in Colorado and Washington, declaring the approval of recreational marijuana use “in contravention to” the 1961 U.N. Convention on Narcotics.(Snip)Here in the U.S., United Nations disapproval can only help the cause of legalization where it needs help the most: on the right.(Snip)The syllogism is easy enough to follow: The U.N. should not tell Washington what it can do
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I observed Washington’s birthday by participating in a Federalist Society telephone forum on the American justice system with two other panelists.(Snip)These are, in the briefest synopsis, that American prosecutors win 99.5 percent of their cases, a much higher percentage than those in other civilized countries; that 97 percent of them are won without trial, because of the plea-bargain system in which inculpatory evidence is extorted from witnesses in exchange for immunity from prosecution, including for perjury; that the U.S. has six to twelve times as many incarcerated people per capita as do Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) recently came out in favor of legalizing hemp cultivation, thanks to the persuasive talents of fellow Kentucky senator Rand Paul and the state´s agriculture commssioner, James Comer, both Republicans. The New York Times cites McConnell´s conversion as evidence that the cause, long identified with hippies and stoners, has gained respectability among conservatives. The fact that it has taken so long is testimony to the plant´s powerful symbolism, because there is no logical reason to stop farmers from growing industrial hemp, a version of cannabis with negligible THC, even if you support marijuana prohibition.
Only one or two centuries late, Virginia lawmakers have decided it is none of their business if unmarried couples share a roof. So the legislators are now working diligently to repeal the state’s law against “lewd and lascivious cohabitation.” Huzzahs all ’round for that. But do not unclutch thy bodice yet. Virginia law is riddled with antiquated provisions meant to govern the “morals and decency” of the fair people of the commonwealth. And while the law against shacking up apparently never gets enforced, others do.(Snip)Fornication remains forbidden under the Code of Virginia, Section 18.2-344.
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